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HC seeks explanation from govt over Pirojpur girl abuse

Star Online Report

The High Court today issued a rule upon the government to explain why abuse of power of the law enforcing agencies resulting involvement in torture of a teenage boy and rape of a girl should not be declared illegal.

In response to a writ petition, the court also issued another rule upon the government and the three persons to explain why the police action promoting others to solemnize child marriage should not be declared illegal.

The court also summoned three persons including Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) of Najirpur Police Station in Pirojpur Abdur Rahman on April 8 to explain their role over an incident of rape and torture of a girl and forcing her and a boy to get married.

The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Mahmudul Haque came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by Ain-O-Salish Kendra today.

The two others are: Mujaidul Islam Miah Zafar, teacher of a local madrasa where the girl studies at the seventh grade, and Ashim Mistri, another teacher of the madrasa.
The rights organisation submitted the petition following a report published on The Daily Star today headlined "Girl goes thru' horrific abuse".

According to the report, two years ago, a 13-year-old girl was sexually harassed in a village mosque by Abdus Salam Miah, who used to teach Arabic to children. After her protests drew attention of the locals, the man was sacked from the job.
Last week, Salam's son Mujaidul Islam Miah Zafar avenged the “insult” to his father.
The report says that Zafar “handed the girl over” to police for the “crime” of going to a village fair with a boy, a van puller of her age.
ASI Abdur Rahman then handed down “punishment for the offence”, the report said.  
Rahman forced the teenagers to strip and do sexually provocative acts. And he photographed and videoed it all on a mobile phone. Worse still, the ASI raped the girl, according to the report.

Published: 5:31 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last modified: 10:18 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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